Travel to New York on July 4, 2022: Key facts about public transit, bridges and more

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Summer has officially arrived, as New Yorkers have decided to enjoy the July 4th weekend in all five boroughs.

Millions of people in the region are expected to travel this year, with local transportation agencies issuing various advisories to help travelers reach their destination safely and conveniently.

Whether you’re going to the beach, a barbecue, or your favorite fireworks show, here’s what you need to know about the 4th of July trip to New York City.


The MTA will suspend all scheduled daytime maintenance work that requires lane closures from Friday, July 1 at 1 p.m. through Tuesday, July 5 at 6 a.m.

Some planned road closures to complete critical works will be permitted during overnight hours.

The Port Authority will suspend all ongoing repair and construction projects at agency crossings from Saturday, July 2 at 5 a.m. to Wednesday, July 6 at 5 a.m.

The agency expects about 3.3 million vehicles to use the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels over the July 4 weekend, which is similar to levels seen before the coronavirus (COVID) pandemic. -19).

The Port Authority will conduct DUI checkpoints at Hudson River crossings between Friday, July 1 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 at 6 a.m.


From Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3, all MTA buses will operate on their standard schedules.

On Monday, July 4, all MTA buses will operate on the Saturday schedule.


The Staten Island Railway (SIR) will operate on its normal schedule from Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3.

On Monday, July 4, the SIR will operate according to the Saturday schedule for the public holiday.


The Staten Island Ferry will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday, July 4.

The ferry will operate every 30 minutes from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a service every 20 minutes from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The last boats before Macy’s annual 4th of July fireworks show will depart from the Whitehall and St. George ferry terminals at 7:30 p.m.

Service will be suspended from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. to accommodate the firework festivities.

Half-hourly service will resume at 10 p.m. from both terminals.


The MTA has announced the following changes to subway service from Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4, to accommodate critical track and signal upgrades.

  • Brooklyn-bound A and C trains will run via the F line between West 4 St-Washington Sq in Manhattan and Jay Street-MetroTech in Brooklyn due to track work in the A-line tunnel.
  • There will be no D service in the Bronx between 161 St and 205 St due to structural work in the Concourse Line tunnel. Customers should instead take parallel line 4.
  • Due to track works, the G line operates in two sections between Court Sq and Bedford-Nostrand Avs and between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Hoyt-Schermerhorn. Transferring customers between segments at Bedford-Nostrand Avs. This work ends at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4 to allow customers to go to the fireworks show located on the East River.
  • Due to the installation of track signs, J trains bound for Manhattan will skip stations between Broadway Junction and Myrtle Av/Broadway. Also due to track work, J trains to Jamaica terminate at 121 St with additional service provided by shuttles between 121 St and the E train at Jamaica/Van Wyck.
  • Manhattan-bound N trains will run via the D line between Coney Island and 36 St/4 Av due to track maintenance.
  • On the evening of Monday July 4, an additional service will be provided on 42 St S and line 7 after the pyrotechnic show.


On Friday July 1, the LIRR will run 10 additional trains in the afternoon to accommodate customers leaving early for the bank holiday weekend. There is no track work scheduled for this weekend. For details, check the LIRR TrainTime app before traveling or visiting

On Saturday, July 2, the LIRR will operate according to the normal Saturday schedule.

On Sunday, July 3, the LIRR will operate according to the Saturday schedule. Additional return service from the Hamptons and Montauk will not operate on Sundays, but will instead operate on Monday, July 4.

On Monday, July 4, the LIRR will operate on a Sunday schedule with additional return service from the Hamptons and Montauk.

On Tuesday, July 5, train 2705 will be in service, departing Montauk at 7:28 a.m. This train normally runs on Mondays in the summer.


On Friday, July 1, Metro-North will run 10 additional afternoon trains on its East of Hudson and West of Hudson lines to better accommodate customers departing early for the holiday weekend. Some trains between 5:25 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. are canceled to reassign equipment as best as possible and to adapt to the travel habits of the 4th of July bank holiday weekend. For details, check Metro-North’s TrainTime app before you travel or visit

On Saturday, July 2, Metro-North will operate on the regular Saturday schedule.

On Sunday, July 3, Metro-North will operate on the regular Sunday schedule.

On Monday, July 4, Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule, with 2 additional trains on the New Haven line and one additional train on the Port Jervis line.


The Port Authority has advised air travelers to allow extra time at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports until Monday, July 4, with the agency expecting more than 1, 9 million travelers, just 5% below pre-pandemic levels.

Melvin Z. Madore